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Gingery DNA Project
Posted by: Michael L. Hébert (ID *****8652) Date: November 08, 2007 at 10:54:47
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I am a descendant of Christian Gingerich (b. ca 1718, Berne, Switzerland, d. 1778, Lancaster Co, PA) whose descendants anglicized their surname to Kingery. I am also the volunteer administrator of the new Gingerich-Kingery DNA Project - http://gingery.gendna.net - and would like to invite Gingerys from the U.S., Canada, Europe, U.K., Australia, and around the world to participate in the project. The project encompasses all known variations of the Gingerich-Gingery surname such as Gingrich, Guengerich, Gungerich, Gungrich, Gunderich, Gundrich, as well as its more anglicized variants such as Kingery, etc. The new field of genetic genealogy offers us a new tool for researching our Gingerich-Gingery family history through the use of the science of DNA testing. It is not intended to replace traditional genealogical research methods but is simply an added research tool. The testing itself is open only to Gingerich-Gingery (or variants) males; however, females and non-Gingerich-Gingery males can participate by seeking out Gingerich-Gingery (or variants) males in their immediate or extended family to get tested.

Here are a few of the reasons and benefits of using DNA testing to enhance and augment your Gingerich-Gingery genealogical research:

1. Determine if two or more people share a common paternal line Gingerich-Gingery ancestor in the recent past.
2. Find previously unknown Gingerich-Gingerys (or variants) related to you.
3. Validate (or not) your traditional Gingerich-Gingery research.
4. Prove or disprove a theory in your Gingerich-Gingery research.
5. Bridge gaps due to lost or destroyed records.
6. Provide direction for future Gingerich-Gingery research and avoid dead ends.
7. Find out more about your deeper ancestry and geographic origins.
8. Preserve Gingery DNA for future testing.
9. Contribute to the Gingerich-Gingery DNA knowledge base for researchers of the present and future.

DNA testing does NOT involve having blood drawn or a trip to a medical lab. A test kit is mailed to you which includes one or two cheek swabs or brushes used for swabbing the inside of your mouth. After completing the kit's instructions, you simply mail the kit back to the testing company.

DNA testing does NOT reveal anything about your active genes or any possible medical conditions or any physical characteristics. The testing takes place in the non-coding "junk" portion of a male's Y-chromosome DNA which has no known function.

Privacy and confidentiality are respected for members of the project. A project member's name and contact info are not revealed unless explicitly requested to do so by the member. Information about a member's Gingerich-Gingery ancestors who are still living or born after 1900 is not revealed unless requested.

The Gingerich-Kingery DNA Project is a non-commercial non-profit undertaking. As creator and administrator of the project, I receive no compensation of any kind for any testing done through any company. All that I or the project stand to gain is a greater knowledge of our Gingerich-Gingery family history.

The project already has some initial results from the Christian Gingerich lineage and is seeking more testees from this and other Gingerich-Gingery lineages from the U.S., Canada, Europe, U.K., Australia, and around the world. I invite all Gingerys and Gingery researchers to participate in this project. Please visit the Gingerich-Kingery DNA Project web site to find out more about genetic genealogy and the project and how to participate:

http://gingery.gendna.net

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thanks,
Mike


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